54. Stuck In Downward Dog

by Chantel Simmons

started 12/6 finished 12/8

One of my resolutions for next year is to become a yogini. I have always had an interest in yoga and the wisdom that surrounds it. Although I can’t currently afford to take classes, I have several books & DVDs at home and access to many more from Netflix – so I don’t really have an excuse not to begin a practice.

After the last 3 books I read, I wanted to lose myself in something lighter. What better way to escape than in chick lit. I walked by this book on display in my store for a couple weeks before I finally picked it up. I was not disappointed (you can tell a book by its cover).

Do you know (or have been a part of) a group of friends where one person looks like they don’t belong? For instance, 2 of them have fabulous jobs, boyfriends, bodies and seem to have everything on the ball, but the third one just seems to be hanging on to her life by a thread? That third girl is Mara Brennan. She and her two friends have grown up together and now as adults their bonding continues in yoga class (her friends in expensive yoga outfits, Mara in sweats). After returning home to her dark basement apartment from her dead-end job as a receptionist for a plastic surgeon, she finds movers carrying her boyfriends furniture and belongings out and into a truck. While getting her signature on the manifest the truck driver informs her that she is being dumped.

Finally fed up, she decides to redefine herself my making an “OM list” with which she will re-invent herself as a perfect cook, friend, & housekeeper. Of course, it all goes awry and she is forced to make some real changes in her life.

Filled with yoga philosophy, beauty tips (to avoid plastic surgery) and the meaning of true friendship, this is the perfect escape read for those of you who are harried this time of year.

3 thoughts on “54. Stuck In Downward Dog

  1. Adding to my library list. I want to become a yoga person too. I guess I could start with the on-demand workouts on cable.You know, sometimes feel like I’m the one who doesn’t have it together, but then I remember that even if folks seem like they have their stuff together, the grass is always greener on the other side.

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